10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.
The New American Standard Version says in Colossians 1:10, “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Why would we do that? To please Him.
Don’t get the idea we have to walk worthy in order to earn our salvation or to prove our righteousness. You’ll never do it. I’ll never do it. I wouldn’t trust that the best 15 minutes I’ve ever lived would be good enough to earn my salvation or to prove anything to the Lord. Could you?
The good news—and it really is GREAT news—is restated in verse 12. Did you catch it? “He has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” He has qualified us. You haven’t. God has.
Why would He do that? Because He loves us. Doesn’t it make sense to trust the One who loves us so much?
Walking in a manner worthy of the Lord is walking moment-by-moment in intimate fellowship with Him, in obedience, like a trusting child with his loving father. As an earthly father, I can understand what John meant when he said in 3 John 1:3, “I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in truth.” How much more is God pleased when His children walk with Him in truth!
As we walk in this manner worthy of the Lord, Paul talks about the blessings that are ours: bearing fruit, being strengthened, and having great patience, steadfastness and joy.
We must become more and more saturated in the truth that God loves us. Oh friend, He loves us! The more we understand that He loves us and cares for us, the more likely we will recognize that God is indeed trustworthy.
He is trustworthy, so we can walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him. He is trustworthy, so we can walk worthy…
- Even when it is difficult.
- Even if we lose the esteem of others.
- Even in the throes of gut-wrenching disappointment.
- Even when my will is diametrically opposed to God’s plan.
Jesus is trustworthy. So rejoice today. And watch your step.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- One way we know we are walking with the Lord, according to verse 10, is we are “increasing in the knowledge of God.” Do you have a more intimate knowledge of God today than you did yesterday? If not, you are backsliding. If we return to Jesus, we will find His arms open wide to receive us, just as the Father did with the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-24. Daily quiet time in the Word is so important!
- Verse 11 says that as we walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, we are “strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might.” Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.” Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” The power of Almighty God is available to help us in our walk. Too often we walk in our own way, not strengthened with His power. How can the principle of walking “according to His glorious might” be consistently authentic for us?
- Thinking about walking with the Lord reminds me of John H. Sammis’ 1887 hymn entitled “Trust and Obey.” Do you know this great song?
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
Take turns walking in different ways, such as walking while carrying a heavy load, walking with a hurt back, walking with excited anticipation, etc.
Emphasize that Colossians 1:10 tells us to “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him…” Explain that the Bible uses phrases like “walking with God” (Micah 6:8) and “walking in His way” (Deuteronomy 5:33). Discuss what it means to “walk” in a way that pleases God. It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with your stride!
As you read Colossians 1:10-12 aloud, emphasize verse 12, reminding your children that none of us can do such a good job walking worthy of the Lord that we earn His love. The only reason we can walk worthy is because He has saved us, and He helps us.